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Detroit Observatory

Hey Wolverines!

If you’re in Ann Arbor for the summer, here’s an opportunity for you to experience a great piece of University of Michigan history that’s only available on a select few occasions every year. 

Coming up on Sunday, June 9 the Detroit Observatory will be hosting an open house from 1 to 4pm that’s available to all interested visitors free of charge.  Also, on Monday, June 10 the observatory will be hosting a viewing night.  This event will take place from 9:30 to 11:00pm - weather permitting.   The Detroit Observatory was built in 1854, and it’s the oldest observatory of its kind in the nation and the first official research facility ever built by the University of Michigan.  It’s located at the corner of Observatory and Ann right between the Hill and Medical campuses.  During the open house, visitors are able to observe the original telescopes from the 1850s and use the 1857 Fitz research telescope when available.  Tours of the building are also permitted, showcasing the Victorian structure that was renovated in 1998 to reflect its original unique beauty. 

So take the opportunity this Sunday to experience a campus landmark with the rich history that makes the University of Michigan so fantastic.  If you’ve ever been curious about the building and its history, now is your chance to be a part of it!

Enjoy your summer and Go Blue!


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